Distance Learning technologies are important research
and application issues of multimedia computing and networking.
The tutorial starts from the discussion of current distance
learning approaches, with a highlight of some potential research
problems. Methodological and sociological issues of distance
education will be presented. A survey of distance education
technologies and projects toward possible solutions is given. The
tutorial covers important topics, such as communication system
for virtual university operation, instruction authoring and
assessment, educational technology, and standards for distance
learning. Demonstrations of distance learning projects follow the
presentation. The conclusion of this tutorial points out
suggestions and directions to the potential future university
operations. Audiences may benefit from the tutorial by
understanding the new research issues of distance learning. For a
sample tutorial, please visit the following tutorial Web site:
which was presented in IEEE ICME2001, IEEE PCM2001, and several other international conferences. However, the content of this tutorial will be revised and updated according to the general interests of the ACM Multimedia2002 audience.
Dr. Shih ( http://www.mine.tku.edu.tw/chinese/teacher/tshih.htm) is a Professor and the Chairman of Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering at Tamkang University, Taiwan, R.O.C. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM. His research interests include Multimedia Computing and Networking, Distance Learning, E-Commerce, and Content-Based Multimedia Information Retrieval. He was a faculty of the Computer Engineering Department at Tamkang University in 1986. In 1993 and 1994, he was a part time faculty of the Computer Engineering Department at Santa Clara University. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Aizu, Japan in summer 1999, and a visiting researcher at the Academia Sinica, Taiwan in summer 2001. Dr. Shih received his BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering from Tamkang University and California State University, Chico, in 1983 and 1985, respectively. He also received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1993. Dr. Shih has edited many books and published over 250 papers and book chapters, as well as participated in many international academic activities, including the organization of many international conferences and special issues of international journals. He is the founder and co-editor-in-chief of International Journal of Distance Education Technologies ( http://www.mine.tku.edu.tw/JDET/), published by Idea Group Publishing, USA. Dr. Shih has received many research awards, including Tamkang University research awards, NSC research awards (National Science Council of Taiwan), and IIAS research award of Germany. He also received many funded research grants from both domestic and international agencies. Dr. Shih has been invited frequently to give keynote/plenary speeches, tutorials, panels, and talks at international conferences and overseas research organizations.